About Blogs and Blogging - How do they
differ from professional web site design?
A weblog or blog is a web-based publication
of periodic articles (posts), usually presented in reverse chronological
order. It is an online journal with one or many contributors. A
blog is not to be confused with a Wiki.
Besides straight text and hyperlinks, some blogs specialize in incorporating
other forms of media such as images (see web comics, photoblog),
video (see videoblogging), or a particular theme. Many bloggers
that otherwise stick to text may use audioblogging to be able to
phone in or otherwise post spoken entries on their blogs. (See also
podcasting.) A notable niche type of blog is the MP3 blog, which
specializes in posting music from specific genres. New words have
been coined for many of these content-oriented blogs, such as "moblog"
(for "mobile blog").
A blog is made up of the following components:
Post Date - date:time the post was published
Category - category the post is labeled with (can be one or more)
Title - main title of the post
Body - main content of the post
Trackback - links back from other sites
Comments - comments added by readers
Permalink - the URL of the full, individual article
Footer - usually at the bottom of the post, often showing post date/time,
author, category, and stats such as number of comments or trackbacks.
Difference from traditional sites
and professional web site design:
Blogs differ from traditional web sites in
that, rather then being composed of many individual pages connected
by hyperlinks, they are composed of a few templates (usually Main
Page, Archive Page, and Individual Article/Item Page), into which
content is fed from a database. This provides many advantages
over traditional professional web site design, including:
It allows for easy creation of new pages, since new data is entered
into a simple form (usually with Title, Category, and the body
of the article), and then submitted. The templates take care of
adding the article to the home page, creating the new full article
page (permalink), and adding the article to the appropriate date
or category-based archive it allows for easy filtering of content
for various presentation, like by date, category, author, or one
of many other attributes most blog platforms allow the administrator
to invite and add other authors, whose permissions and access
are more easily managed than professional web site design.
The Difference from
forums or newsgroups
Blogs differ from forums or newsgroups in that only one person
or group can create new subjects for discussion on their blog.
A network of blogs can act similarly to a single forum in that
each individual entity in the blog network creates subjects of
their choosing for others to discuss; these different subjects
are presented in a thread-like format on a meta-forum with no
one single poster having any greater control over the content
of the thread than any other. Such networks require substantial
interlinking to pull off, and so a group blog with multiple people
holding posting rights is more common. Because they "go first,"
blog owners often have control over how a subject is discussed
on their blog due to their ability to frame the issue.
Electronic communities existed before internetworking, but generally
had some quality to them. For example the AP wire was, in effect,
similar to a large chat room where there were "wire fights"
and electronic conversations. Another pre-digital electronic community,
Amateur (or "ham") radio, allowed individuals who set
up their own broadcast equipment to communicate with others directly.
Ham radio also had logs called "glogs" that were personal
diaries made using wearable computers in the early 1980s.
Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many
forms, including Usenet, email lists and bulletin boards. In the
1990s Internet forum software, such as WebX, created running conversations
with threads. The term "thread", in reference to consecutive
messages on one specific topic of discussion, comes from email
lists and Usenet as well, and "to post" from electronic
bulletin boards, borrowing usage directly from their corkboard
predecessors. Many of the terms from weblogging were created in
these earlier media. See "Common terms", below.
Diarists kept journals on the Web: most called themselves online
diarists, journalists, journallers, or journalers. A few called
themselves escribitionists. The Open Pages webring contained members
of the online-journal community. The first famous journaller was
probably Justin Hall. Other forms of journals kept online also
existed. A notable example was game programmer John Carmack's
widely read journal, published via the finger protocol. Websites,
including both corporate sites and personal homepages, had and
still often have "What's New" or "News" sections,
often on the index page and sorted by date.
Blogging combined the personal web page with tools to make linking
to other pages easier, specifically blogrolls and TrackBacks,
as well as comments and afterthoughts. This way, instead of a
few people being in control of threads on a forum, or anyone able
to start threads on a list, there was a moderating effect that
was the personality of the weblog's owner. Justin Hall, who began
eleven years of personal blogging in 1994 while a student at Swarthmore
College, is generally recognized as one of the earliest bloggers.
The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December
1997. The shorter version, "blog," was coined by Peter
Merholz, who, in April or May of 1999, broke the word weblog into
the phrase "we blog" in the sidebar of his weblog. 
This was interpreted as a short form of the noun and also as a
verb to blog, meaning "to edit one's weblog or a post to
one's weblog". The site Open Diary, while not using the term
blog until recently, launched in 1998, had over 2000 diaries by
1999, and near 400 000 as of September 2005. Blog usage spread
during 1999, with the word being further popularized by the near-simultaneous
arrival of the first hosted weblog tools: Evan Williams and Meg
Hourihan's company Pyra Labs launched Blogger (which was purchased
by Google in February 2003) and Paul Kedrosky's GrokSoup. As of
March 2003, the Oxford English Dictionary included the terms weblog,
weblogging and weblogger in their dictionary.
One of the pioneers of the tools that make blogging more than
merely websites that scroll is Dave Winer. One of his most important
contributions was the creation of servers which weblogs would
ping to show that they had been updated. Blog reading utilities
use the aggregated update data to show a user when their favorite
blogs have new posts.
Blogging's rise to
Among the first established political blogs with U.S.-wide audiences
were Andrew Sullivan's AndrewSullivan.com, Ron Gunzburger's Politics1.com,
Jerome Armstrong's MyDD.com, and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga's
DailyKos -- all of which launched widely read blogs in 2001-02.
The first blog-driven political controversy was probably the fall
of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, who had remarked, at
a party honoring U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, that Thurmond's
leadership abilities may have made him a good President. Since
Thurmond had spent much of his early political career sympathetic
to white supremacists, Lott's statements were conveyed in the
media to be racist. In the aftermath, bloggers such as Josh Marshall
strove to demonstrate that his remarks were not an isolated misstatement,
by finding evidence including quotes from other previous speeches
of Lott's which were taken to be racist. Their efforts kept the
story alive in the press until a critical mass of disapproval
forced Lott to resign his position as Senate Majority Leader.
By this point blogging was enough of a phenomenon that how-to
manuals had begun to appear, primarily focusing on using the tools,
or creating content. But the importance of a blog as a way of
building an electronic community had also been written on, as
had the potential for blogs as a means of publicizing other projects.
Established schools of journalism began researching the blogging
phenomenon, and noting the differences between current practice
of journalism and blogging.
Since 2003, blogs have gained increasing notice and coverage for
their role in breaking, shaping, or spinning news stories. One
of the most significant events was the sudden emergence of an
interest in the Iraq war, which saw both left-wing and right-wing
bloggers taking measured and passionate points of view that did
not reflect the traditional left-right divide. The blogs which
gathered news on Iraq, both left and right, exploded in popularity.
The use of blogs by established politicians and political candidates—particularly
Howard Dean and Wesley Clark—to express opinions on the
war and other issues of the day, cemented their role as a news
source. Meanwhile, the increasing number of experts who blogged,
such as Daniel Drezner and J. Bradford DeLong, gave blogs a built-in
source of in-depth analysis.
The Iraq war was the first "blog war" in another way:
Iraqi bloggers gained wide readership, and one, Salam Pax, published
a book of his blog. Blogs were also created by soldiers serving
in the Iraq war. Such "milblogs" gave readers a new
perspective on the realities of war, as well as often offering
differing viewpoints from those of official news sources. Blogs
were often used to draw attention to obscure news sources, for
example posting links to the traffic cameras in Madrid as a huge
anti-terrorism demonstration filled the streets in the wake of
the March 11 attacks. Bloggers would often provide nearly-instant
commentary on televised events, which became a secondary meaning
of the word "blogging", such as "I am blogging
Rice's testimony," i.e., "I am posting my reactions
to Rice's testimony to my blog as I watch it" (such real-time
commentary is also known as "liveblogging").
By the end of 2003 top rated blogs Instapundit, Daily Kos, and
Atrios were receiving over 75,000 unique visitors per day.
Blogging goes mainstream
In 2004, the role of blogs became increasingly mainstream, as
political consultants, news services and candidates began using
them as tools for outreach and opinion formation. Even politicians
not actively involved in a campaign such as Tom Watson, a UK Labour
Party MP, began to use blogging as a means for creating a bond
with constituents and creating a channel for their ideas and opinions.
Minnesota Public Radio broadcast a program by Christopher Lydon
and Matt Stoller called "The Blogging of the President",
which covered the transformation in politics that blogging seemed
to presage. The Columbia Journalism Review began regular coverage
of blogs and blogging. Anthologies of blog pieces began to reach
print, and blogging personalities began appearing on radio and
television. In the summer of that year both the Democratic and
Republican National Conventions credentialed bloggers, and blogs
became a standard part of the publicity arsenal, with mainstream
programs, such as Chris Matthews' Hardball, forming their own
blogs. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary declared "blog"
as the word of the year in 2004. (Blogs were some of the driving
forces behind the "Rathergate" scandal involving Dan
Rather of CBS and memos used on the show 60 Minutes II. Within
72 hours a group of conservative bloggers had built a case that
they were likely forgeries. The evidence presented eventually
created such concern over the issue that CBS was forced to address
the situation and make an apology for their inadequate reporting
techniques. Two months later, Dan Rather announced that he would
step down from the CBS anchor chair. This is viewed by many bloggers
as the advent of blogs' acceptance by the mass media as a source
of news. It also showed how blogs could keep the pressure on an
established news source, forcing defenses and then a retraction
of the original story.
Blogging is also used now to break consumer complaints and vulnerabilities
of products, in the way that Usenet and email lists once were.
One such example is accusations about vulnerability of Kryptonite
Bloggers have also moved over to other media. Duncan Black (a.k.a.
Atrios), Glenn Reynolds, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (a.k.a.
Kos), Ana Marie Cox (a.k.a. Wonkette), and others have appeared
on radio and/or television. Hugh Hewitt is an example of a media
personality who has moved in the other direction, adding to his
reach in "old media" by being an influential blogger.
In the United Kingdom, The Guardian newspaper launched a redesign
in September 2005, which included a daily digest of blogs on page
2. In January 2005, Fortune magazine listed Peter Rojas, Xeni
Jardin, Ben Trott and Mena Trott, Jonathan Schwartz, Jason Goldman,
Robert Scoble, and Jason Calacanis as eight bloggers that business
people "could not ignore."
Blogging and culture
Blogging however, was as much about technology as politics, and
the proliferation of tools to run blogs and the communities around
them connected blogging with the Open Source movement. Writers
such as Larry Lessig and David Weinberger used their blogs to
promote not just blogging, but more generally different social
models. One of the running discussions within journalism and blogging
is what "blogging" means for the way news "happens"
and is covered. This leads to questions over intellectual property
and the role of the mass media in society. Many bloggers differentiate
themselves from the mainstream media, while others are members
of that media working through a different channel.
Many bloggers have large agendas, and see blogging as part of
Open Source Politics, or the ability of people to participate
more directly in politics, helping to frame the debate (See George
Lakoff). Some institutions see blogging as a means of "getting
around the filter" and pushing messages directly to the public.
The free speech imperative of the blog world has also had a deep
social impact. For example, a number of companies have clashed
with bloggers, firing a few of them (for example Heather Armstrong,
Mark Jen or Jessica Cutler).
Blogs have also been seen as repositories for information about
the state of mind of certain people: in some cases, they could
provide insight in the minds of people who committed suicide,
people who committed crimes, or people who were victims of a crime
(in 2005, a blogger named his murderer in the last entry on his
Blogs have also had an influence on minority languages, bringing
together scattered speakers and learners; this is particularly
the case with Scottish Gaelic blogs, whose creators can be found
as far away from traditional Gaelic areas as Kazakhstan and Alaska
. Blogs are also used regularly by Welsh language activists.
Minority language publishing has traditionally been expensive,
with a small readership, and blogs effectively counteract this.
Creating and publishing
Since their introduction, a number of software packages have appeared
to allow people to create their own weblog. Blog hosting sites
and Web services to provide editing via the Web have proliferated.
Common examples include Blogger and LiveJournal.
Many more advanced bloggers prefer to generate their blogs by
using server-side web applications such as Nucleus CMS, Movable
Type, bBlog, WordPress, Drupal, b2evolution, boastMachine, Antville,
Serendipity and Textpattern to publish on their own website or
a third party site, or to host a group of blogs for a company
or school. Such programs provide greater flexibility and power,
but require more knowledge. If they provide a Web interface for
editing, server-based systems make it easy for travelers to create
and edit text; many travelers like to produce their travelblogs
from Internet cafes while they travel around the globe.
In addition, some people program their own blogs from scratch
by using ASP, ColdFusion, CGI, Perl, PHP, pure Ruby, Rails or
other server side software. While these are much more difficult
to create, they add a maximum potential for creativity.
The phenomena of multi-blogging refers to individuals, businesses
or institutions that maintain multiple blogs simultaneously. If
one runs a single blog, technically they are a blogger; however
if one creates, maintains, and runs 2, 10, 50, 100 or more blogs,
they are a multi-blogger.
Two features which are common to blogging are "blogrolls"
and "commenting" or "feedback."
A blogroll is a list of other blogs that are linked separately
from any article. This is one means by which a blogger creates
a context for his blog, by listing other blogs that are similar
to his/her own, or blogs the blogger thinks may be of relevance
to users. It is also used as measure of the number of citations
a blog has, and is used to rank "blog authority" in
a manner similar to the way that Google uses hard coded HTML linking
to create "page rank." Still another use of the "blogroll"
is reciprocal linking: bloggers agree to link to each other, or
link to another blog in hopes of getting a link in return.
Another central, and sometimes controversial, aspect of blogging
is the use of a feedback comment systems. A comment system allows
users to post their own comments on an article or "thread."
Some blogs do not have comments, or have a closed commenting system
which requires approval from those running the blog. For other
bloggers, including several very prominent ones, comments are
the crucial feature which distinguishes a "true" blog
from other kinds of blogs. Commenting can either be built into
the software, or added by using a service such as HaloScan. If
a blog has regular commenters, this is referred to as the blog's
Tools such as Ecto, Elicit and w.bloggar allow users to maintain
their Web hosted blog without the need to be online while composing
or editing posts. Enhancements to weblog technology continue to
be developed, such as the TrackBack feature introduced by Movable
Type in 2002 and subsequently adopted by other software companies
to enable automatic notification between websites of related content—such
as a post on a particular topic or one which responds to a post
on another blog . bBlog has gone as far as implementing threaded
trackbacks on comments, and comments on trackbacks.
Blogs with features such as TrackBack are credited with complicating
search engine page ranking techniques. Integrating these into
search engines has proven to be a challenge, and has been used
to deliberately "push" page rankings. However, as one
Google executive remarked, it is the search engine's job to find
the ways that a website represents a "vote" for another
Web hosting companies and online publications also provide blog
creation tools, such as Salon, Tripod, and America Online.
Types of weblogs:
News and Politics
Main article: Political blog
When discussed in the news, the term blog is often understood
to refer to a political blog. Political blogs may take a number
of forms. Often an individual will link to articles from news
web sites and post their own comments as well. Others focus on
long essays about current political topics. Most news, activism,
and issue-based weblogs follow the same format.
Of note is the recent trend of political candidates to incorporate
blogging into their campaigns. Lower level politicians may do
their own blogging, while more prominent candidates, such as presidential
candidates, will leave the blogging to their campaign staff.
Main article: Online diary
In common speech, the term blog is often used to describe an online
diary or journal, such as LiveJournal and Bloggoing. The weblog
format of an online diary makes it possible for users without
much experience to create, format, and post entries with ease.
People write their day-to-day experiences, complaints, poems,
prose, illicit thoughts and more, often allowing others to contribute.
In 2001, mainstream awareness of online diaries began to increase
Online diaries are integrated into the daily lives of many teenagers
and college students, with communications between friends playing
out over their blogs.
Topical blogs focus on a specific niche, often a technical one.
An example is Google Blog, covering nothing but news about Google.
Another example is a soldier blog. Many blogs now allow categories,
which means a general blog can be reshuffled to become a topical
blog at the user's need. Topical blogs can also cover local information.
Blogs written as personal accounts of living with a specific health
issue, sharing information about the experience with others who
have an interest in that health issue and providing mutual support.
A major category of health blogs are medical blogs, which themselves
generally fall into two categories. One type is a blog written
by a health care professional about his or her work experiences,
medical news or other personal thoughts. A more recent trend is
a blog that deals with actual patient cases. This latter blog
allows other physicians to submit cases to the web site. Physicians
can then offer comments or help with the case. Although still
in its infancy, this format could theoretically improve patient
care by allowing the primary doctor to get feedback by other experts
in the field. When writing about patient cases, health care professionals
must protect their patients' confidentially as mandated by HIPAA.
Given the obvious focus on words, it is not surprising that the
Grub Street tradition has continued on the internet with daily
commentary emanating from literary blogs (or litblog).
Famous explorers wrote their journeys down on paper. These days,
modern travelers have used blogs as a way to share their stories
and photos, even while they are traveling around the world.
An increasing number of scholars and students blog their research
notes, combining the traditional scholar's private notebook with
public discussion. A related genre is the anonymous professor's
blog, where the various issues related to academia may be freely
Blogs by lawyers or law students, or which discuss law and legal
affairs are often referred to as blawgs. By extension, the creator
of such a blog is a blawger, sometimes spelled blawgger (variant,
The coining of the term blawg is generally attributed by blawgers
to Denise Howell of Bag and Baggage. See Jeff Rosen Gets All Mixed
Up on Blawgs, Blogging and Other Things by law blogger Dennis
Kennedy (criticizing Jeff Rosen for limiting the definition of
blawg to law-student blogs, and for failing to credit Denise).
Some blawgs are narrow and deal with a focused and/or technical
area of law.
Others, like the Volokh Conspiracy, deal with whatever topic the
blawgers wish to discuss.
Some blogs serve as media watchdogs, reporting on falsehoods or
inconsistencies that are presented as facts in the mass media.
Many media blogs are focused exclusively on one newspaper or television
Some blogs discuss religious topics. Religious blogs show the
public's points of view on various controversies both in religion
and in politics, economics, and life in general.
(also collective or group)
Many weblogs are written by more than one person about a specific
topic. Collaborative weblogs can be open to everyone or limited
to a group of people. MetaFilter is an example of this type of
Slashdot, whose status as a blog has been debated, nevertheless
has a team of editors who approve and post links to technology
news stories throughout the day. Although Slashdot does not refer
to itself as a weblog, it shares some characteristics with weblogs.
Indymedia is an early (1999) example of a collaborative blog (although
the term blog wasn't in circulation yet) that was created to cover
a specific event (the WTO in Seattle), but has since spread around
A new form of blog represents a fusion of bloggers and traditional
media sources, allowing for topics covered in the traditional
media, both print and broadcast, to be fleshed out on the web.
One prominent early example of this sort of blog is the Dallas
Morning News editor's blog.
From the Slashdot style blog comes eclectic blogs, which tend
to focus on specific niches. Such sites contain articles and stories
from other blogs and news sources on the web. There are often
few articles actually written by the authors of these blogs and
instead the blogs themselves tend to function as passageways for
readers to find the actual source of the article or original posting.
Blogs have been used for several educational applications. Students
can use weblogs as records of their learning and teachers can
use weblogs as records of what they taught. For example, a teacher
can blog a course, recording day-by-day what was taught, including
links to Internet resources, and specifying what homework students
are required to carry out. This application has many advantages:
(1) a student can quickly catch-up if they miss a class; (2) the
teacher can use the blog as a course plan; and (3) the blog serves
as an accurate summary of the course that prospective students
or new teachers can refer to.
There are other educational applications of blogs. Students can
blog an educational excursion, recording day-by-day (or hour by
hour) where they went, what they saw and what they learned - including
photographs, audio or video. The collaborative features of blogs
can be used to permit several students to contribute to the blog.
Directory weblogs are useful for web-surfers because they often
collect numerous web sites with interesting content in an easy
to use and constantly updated format. News-related weblogs can
fall into this category or be political blogs.
Directory weblogs should not be confused these with weblog directories,
such as BlogWise.
These provide a more structured collection of weblog links, and
will often offer novel services and interesting views of the data
within the directory. These can be a good source of like-minded
bloggers, or bloggers situated near you.
Forums/Other CMS systems
An internet forum can sometimes be regarded as a weblog, though
usually there is a distinction between the two; the most obvious
difference is that in a forum any user can post a new topic of
discussion, while in a blog only one or a handful of site owners
can do so. However, if forum software is used for the purposes
of publishing, for example, an online journal, it could be regarded
as a weblog. The distinction between blogs and forums is sometimes
gray in real life, and sites such as Slashdot, Indymedia and Daily
Kos can all be said to combine elements of the two.
A number of entrepreneurs are establishing blogs to promote their
businesses. Often business blogs act as a showcase for entrepreneurs
to provide a window into the behind-the-scenes goings on at their
business, presenting a more personal "face" to the public
rather than a cold corporate persona. In some cases the blog itself
is the core of the business bringing in revenue from advertising,
selling products or information.
Increasingly, employees of corporations are posting official or
semi-official blogs about their work. The employers however, do
not always appreciate the endeavor. In January 2005 Joe Gordon
was fired from Waterstone's bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, because
he referred to his boss as an "asshole in sandals."
In 2004 Ellen Simonetti, a Delta Air Lines flight attendant, was
fired for posing in uniform on her blog. David Corby was fired
from Wells Fargo in 2002 after he complained about a department
policy forcing employees to wear American flag pins to show support
for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He described
the event as fascist. Perhaps the most famous case of all occurred
when "Troutgirl" Joyce Park was fired from Friendster
because she discussed the rationale behind the website's technology
conversion from J2EE to PHP on her blog.
Other employers have reacted differently. For instance, when Power
Line bloggers were attacked by a Star Tribune columnist, one of
the bloggers' employers came to his defense.
With the rise in popularity of blogs in 2004 senior management
caught on to the trend and by January 2005 several types of organizations,
including universities, had started using blogs to communicate
with their stakeholders. Some believe this corporate takeover
of a tool that was used primarily by Internet enthusiasts will
lead to a decrease in the popularity of the medium. Others believe
that the use of blogs by organizations will add new voices and
vitality to the medium. At any rate, there is little evidence
that the growth rate of the blogosphere has slowed. A prime example
of senior management blogging is GM's Fastlane blog , edited,
among others, by GM vice chairman Bob Lutz.
In 2005 the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published the
guide How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else).
Business spam blogs (busiplogs), a term coined by LS Blogs, are
blogs that are specifically written in order to promote a product/service
or business. They have no value, or information of interest, to
anyone other than their owner. They are specifically designed
to only promote their business. Usually the quality of the blog
is low, and often the content is drawn from third party sites.
Many weblogs provide expert advice.
Many small businesses are also using blogs to offer advice and
better connect with their clients. These blogs are particularly
prevalent in the real estate industry where agents typically have
a great deal of flexibility in marketing themselves.
Another type of small online business using blogs are independent
software development firms.
That act of blogging for a non-human being or object. An example
would be writing a blog for your dog.
Blogging, like any hobby, has developed something of a specialised
vocabulary. The following is an attempt to explain a few of the
more common phrases and words, including etymologies when not
obvious. For a complete list, see List of blogging terms.
A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings sent
by mobile phone, sometimes with some short text message added
for metadata purposes. (cf. podcasting)
Person who runs a blog.
The XML-based file in which the blog hosting software places a
machine-readable version of the blog so that it may be "syndicated"
for further distribution on the web. Formats such as RSS and Atom
are used to structure the XML file.
All blogs, or the blogging community.
A list of blogs. Usually a blogger features a list of his favorite
blogs in the sidebar of his blog. These lists can be made dynamic
using services like BlogRolling.
The web location (URL) of a blog, which may be either a dedicated
domain, a sub-domain, or embedded within a web site.
Sometimes confused with a simple blog or blog site, but a blogsite
is a web site which combines blog feeds from a variety of sources,
as well as non-blog sources, and adds significant value over the
raw blog feeds.
When a large amount of activity, information and opinion erupts
around a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere,
it is sometimes called a blogstorm or blog swarm.
Like e-mail spam. Robot “spambots” flood a blog with
advertising in the form of bogus comments. A serious problem that
requires bloggers and blog platforms to have tools to exclude
some users or ban some addresses in comments.
A non-public blog (e.g. behind a firewall)
A portmanteau of "mobile" and "blog". A blog
featuring posts sent mainly by mobile phone, using SMS or MMS
messages. They are photo- or videoblogs (mobvlog).
Permanent link. The unique URL of a single post. Use this when
you want to link to a post somewhere.
The alert in the TrackBack system that notifies the original poster
of a blog post when someone else writes an entry concerning the
A blog mostly containing photos, posted constantly and chronologically.
Contraction of “iPod” and “broadcasting.”
Posting audio and video material on a blog and its RSS feed, for
Software or online service allowing a blogger to read an RSS feed,
especially the latest posts on his favourite blogs. Also called
a reader, or feedreader.
The file containing a blog’s latest posts. It is read by
an RSS aggregator/reader and shows at once when a blog has been
updated. It may contain only the title of the post, the title
plus the first few lines of a post, or the entire post.
A system that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original
post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works
by sending a 'ping' between the blogs, and therefore providing
A commenter whose sole purpose is to attack the views expressed
on a blog, for example, a liberal going to a conservative blog,
or vice versa. Many trolls will leave their remarks on multiple
posts and continue to visit the blog, sparking spirited debate
amongst the blog's regular readers. Trolls' verbosity can range
from eloquent to crass, although most trolls probably fall into
the latter category.
Many of the definitions above come from the Handbook for Bloggers
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